You haven't shared anything about how you went about choosing a coach. Or in what ways you were disappointed by the other coaches.
Or in how you changed your evaluation criteria based on those disappointments.
Tell us instead how you realized that the coaches you didn't like were wrong. How are you assessing the very good players who didn't do you any good? That is information I would be grateful for.
OK, good idea.
1) Way back in the day. This is before DC existed. My first coach was a huge name on 2+2 and is still real famous this was 2006. This person charges like 500+ / hr now but at the time only charged $50 or $60. I had no referral except the name and posting history, no vids to go on or anything, this was a mistake. I got sweated over AIM, no TV, no skype, no theory talk no in-hand advice that would be "unethical." I felt that this person was doing other stuff while coaching me and really basically didn't care about whether I got any better.
Mistakes made: No referral, signing up because this was a big name that everyone thought was awesome. Even though there was a great poker mind there that's won lots of money and still does, that's not enough.
2) Also no referral. But I loved this guy's vids. He didn't sweat me, we talked theory, he was smart and it was sorta helpful. He was an OK guy, $1k / 4 hrs was too high a price, you win some you lose some. A couple things he said to this day stick with me.
3) Guy from a major training site. Did not tell the whole truth about how much money he had made. Claimed to play 5/10-50/100 yet was coaching for $150 / hr. 1 session and I was done, this guy was clearly not on the level. He's no longer with the site but no major drama in public. I bet they realized it and cut him.
Mistake made: Trusting a training site to have done the due diligence for me. Thinking a guy who beats HSNL would coach for $150 / hr. See breathweapon scandal on 2+2, same sort of thing. That guy was a huge fraud claimed to beat HSNL but was cheap. Guess what though he had nothing but awesome reviews from all his students and Tri Slowhabit Nguyen also said he was awesome. Learn from that.
4) Got referred from a friend who I trusted was good at poker. Guy said "this guy really wants you to get better is a great player and a great teacher." Looked into his poker background, I knew who he was anyways. Watched a couple vids of his and was impressed. My friend had clearly made some big jumps in his game too, so I got started and got way way better. The guy really did want me to improve and just did everything right. So what made the planets align here:
1) Referral from a friend that he was a good teacher and a solid guy
2) Referral that the guy really cared about his students progressing and wasn't just showing up for the $$
3) Proof that the guy wins at poker and is better than just good at poker (it's even better if he wins more at poker than he does coaching, that's a really good sign and was clearly the case here.)
4) Watched some vids as well and talked with my buddy to make sure I liked the teaching style
All 4 of these are required IMO.
There are a couple coaches I'm leaving out here because I made some mistakes a couple times and repeating myself is boring.
I must've missed where you posted your poker SN.
I haven't posted it, but if you really look hard you could find at least one of them. I'm not gonna out my names here but as far as tracked hands there are 135,000 hands mostly from 1/2-5/10 HU (mostly 1/2-3/6) at a little over 8 PTBB / 100 on average. PTR usually underestimates HU profit, so actually my rate is a little higher. I also play on other smaller untracked networks. If you don't believe me feel free to prop bet me on the results and I'll have a 3rd party we both trust verify.
I'm not trying to brag either I just think it is very important that I don't totally suck at poker because I'm saying some pretty judgmental stuff here. I'm not the next coming of durrrr or anything but I'm at least half decent at poker.